Alabama is seeking to become the first state to execute a prisoner by making him breathe pure nitrogen.
The Alabama prison system said that it is not ready to carry out executions by nitrogen hypoxia despite a remark by the attorney general’s office suggesting the untested method could be used next month.
The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with an Alabama death row inmate wants to be put to death by nitrogen hypoxia when he is ultimately executed.
Alabama officials called off the Thursday lethal injection of a man convicted in a 1999 workplace shooting because of time concerns and trouble accessing the inmate’s veins.
A divided U.S. Supreme Court said Alabama can proceed with the execution of an inmate convicted in a 1999 workplace shooting.
A federal appeals court has rejected Alabama’s attempt to proceed with the execution of an inmate who claims the state lost his paperwork selecting an alternative to lethal injection.
The State of Alabama is asking a federal appeals court to let it proceed with a lethal injection this week, arguing there is no evidence to corroborate the prisoner’s claim that he selected another execution method.
A federal judge has blocked Alabama from executing an inmate who says the state lost his paperwork requesting an alternative to lethal injection.
State officials say they are not ready to carry out an execution by nitrogen hypoxia, but said the Department of Corrections has completed many of the preparations for using the untested execution method.
A federal judge told Alabama to stop being vague and give a firm answer by Thursday evening on if the prison system is ready to use the untested execution method of nitrogen hypoxia at an execution next week.